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A celebration of Northern writing: The Portico Library launches Rewriting the North 2022

April 1, 2022 Comments Off on A celebration of Northern writing: The Portico Library launches Rewriting the North 2022

The Portico Library has announced the relaunch of Rewriting the North, a programme of events celebrating writers and writing connected with the North of England.

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“It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

February 9, 2022 Comments Off on “It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

A staple of Manchester’s cultural and literary life, The Portico Library is situated above The Bank pub on Mosley Street. The 19th century library houses more than 25,000 books and is filled with archives covering 450 years. While The Portico is a subscription library, it works with diverse communities in the region to create events, exhibitions and learning programmes. It is also the home of The Portico Prize, established in 1985, a biennial award which accepts submissions across all literary formats and gives £10,000 to an overall winner.

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Exhibition Review: Sit Down & Get Out!, The Portico Library, Manchester

February 1, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: Sit Down & Get Out!, The Portico Library, Manchester

On entering Manchester’s Portico Library, the strong presence of a figure catches the visitor’s gaze.

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Online exhibition: Talking Sense, The Portico Library, Manchester

March 28, 2020 Comments Off on Online exhibition: Talking Sense, The Portico Library, Manchester

Museums, art galleries and libraries across the North are now off limits to the public, their displays and collections sitting behind locked doors.

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Photo Gallery: Second Nature – what is nature anyway? The Portico Library, Manchester

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Second Nature – what is nature anyway? The Portico Library, Manchester

Did you know there’s a secret garden tucked away in an historic Manchester Library within walking distance from Piccadilly Gardens?

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Photo Gallery: Fancy Pants, The Portico Library, Manchester

February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Fancy Pants, The Portico Library, Manchester

In 1836, the enormously popular Manchester Music Festival came to a close with a fancy dress ball so grand a temporary structure was built to connect The Portico Library with the nearby Assembly Rooms and Theatre Royal.

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Review: Outsiders – Five Women Who Changed the World by Lyndall Gordon, Manchester Literature Festival

October 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Outsiders – Five Women Who Changed the World by Lyndall Gordon, Manchester Literature Festival

I’m tired of being told what a woman should and shouldn’t say.

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Review: Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery and Abolition in Manchester, Portico Library

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery and Abolition in Manchester, Portico Library

Bittersweet, the latest exhibition from The Portico Library, looks at the abolitionists and pro-slavery advocates in Manchester and the discussions that were taking place at the time.

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Northern Soul chats to artist Sarah-Joy Ford about feminism, LGBT narratives and Cut Cloth

June 6, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to artist Sarah-Joy Ford about feminism, LGBT narratives and Cut Cloth

I can’t knit for toffee.

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Be Strong, Live Happy and Love: 350 years of Paradise Lost at The Portico Library, Manchester

January 18, 2017 Comments Off on Be Strong, Live Happy and Love: 350 years of Paradise Lost at The Portico Library, Manchester

This year marks the 350th anniversary of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, the story of the fall of Satan and the destruction of Paradise. With this in mind, Manchester’s Portico Library is staging an inspiring and enlightening exhibition.

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